Hogansville to host Scarecrows in the Garden fall festival

Published 9:00 am Friday, October 21, 2022

Hogansville will host a fall festival on Saturday titled “Scarecrows in the Garden” at the Heart and Soil of Hogansville community garden.

The event is being put on by the Heart and Soil community garden and the Hogansville Active Life Center. The Heart and Soil community garden is a joint project between the Troup County Master Gardeners, the Pine Needle Garden Club and the Active Life Center.

The festival will feature live music, a food truck, Halloween face painting, outdoor games, line dancing with free lessons and a stepping stone mosaic demonstration.

The event will also feature a scarecrow contest and an unveiling of the garden centerpiece sculpture made by metallurgist artists from Hogansville, Mitch Kernodle and Leah Jeffery.

Kernodle and Jeffery have created an appropriately themed functional weathervane that will serve as a permanent centerpiece for the spiral herb garden. The organizers are keeping the sculpture a surprise until the unveiling, which will be held at 1 p.m.

The theme for the festival comes from the community-created scarecrows that will be featured in the garden throughout the fall.

“Scarecrows in the Garden is both an exhibit and a contest,” Stephanie, president of the Pine Needle Garden Club.

Culver said they have invited organizations, businesses and individuals to create scarecrows to display in the garden themed for Halloween or their organization. Attendees will then vote on their favorite scarecrows with voting ending around 2 p.m. Winners will receive cash prizes.

For those wanting to participate in the scarecrow contest as an exhibit, it’s not too late, but you’ll have to hurry. Entries should be in position no later than 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Contact the Hogansville Active Life Center at 706-637-6606 or email Culver at smculver2021@gmail.com for full rules.

Carver said the festival will feature outdoor activities and performances that will appeal to all ages. Early attendees will receive door prizes and free goodie bags.

Carver encouraged everyone to come and see the creative scarecrows in the garden, and the interesting design of the unique Heart and Soil garden. The garden features a Fibonacci spiral, which appears in nature and mathematics. The garden also shows off permaculture principles of sustainable gardening that are good for the environment, good for the Earth and producing healthy crops.

“It’s a demonstration garden, but it does actually produce vegetables,” Culver said.

The organizers hope the Scarecrows in the Garden festival is the first of what will become an annual event for Hogansville.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heart and Soul community garden at 407 Church St. in Hogansville.